“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
We don’t usually consider it a blessing to be poor in any respect. But, as we pause to consider the message of Jesus’ words, as we look beyond our “world view” of what poverty means, we can clearly see there is a blessing that awaits us.
To be “poor in spirit” means that within our own strength and ability we are helpless and hopeless. To be poor in spirit is not a condition, it is an attitude, an action, and an admission. It is the attitude of humility, the act of submitting our will, and the admission that we need a Savior.
And what is the blessing? We don’t have to guess, Jesus tells us plainly – it is the kingdom of heaven. Think about that. The kingdom of heaven will belong to us. A Kingdom means royalty. A kingdom means power. Our temporary “poverty” in this life means we can look forward to an eternal blessing in the Beautiful City with Jesus.